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Interconnectedness is a Jewish value
Parshat Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23 The American psyche holds independence in great esteem. Our nation was conceived not by people who saw themselves united in culture or history or through shared anc...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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First steps on the path to the Promised Land
Parshat Beshalach, Exodus 13:17 - 17:16 Redemption! Parshat Beshalach is a Torah portion of glory — glory in the Song at the Sea, the poetic celebration of liberation from Egyptian bondage, and glo...
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Genealogy only goes so far
Parshat Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16 Why is the killing of the firstborn the final, and most significant, plague? True, it brought death into every household, rattling Egypt at its foundations, but certai...
Feb 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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A condemnation of one’s own making
Parshat Vaera, Exodus 6:2-9:35 During this past summer I had the opportunity to spend a Shabbat with the Yeshiva High School boys at Camp Twin Echo in the Laurel Highlands. After Shabbat I stopped ...
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Moshe’s curious mind
Parshat Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1 A new Pharaoh has risen.  The people Israel are enslaved and oppressed, and their very lives are in danger.  Into this frightening reality, a baby is born who then be...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Our top priority: Service to G-d
The Torah portion this week relates a fascinating exchange between father and son. Jacob was lying on his deathbed when he turned to his second to the youngest son, Joseph, whom at the time was the...
Jan 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pesach offers chance to celebrate true freedom
by Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld
Apr 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 216 216 recommendations | email to a friend
Passover Exodus 12:21-12:51, Numbers 28:16-28:25 As we approach the holiday of Pesach, I would like to draw your attention to one of the holiday’s most powerful messages. The holiday of Pesach is a...
Hunger on the verge
by Rabbi Paul Tuchman
Apr 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 216 216 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Metzora, Leviticus 14:1-15:33 Shabbat Hagadol Toward the beginning of the Passover seder, we raise the matzahs and say, “Ha lachma anya — This the is bread of …” what? Is it the bread of af...
Why we don’t edit the Torah
by Rabbi Seth Adelson
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 228 228 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Tazria Leviticus, 12:1-13:59; Numbers 28:9-15, Exodus 12:1-20 Shabbat Hachodesh Don’t you wish you could edit out the things in your life that you don’t like? Wouldn’t it be nice to go back...
Gone out of their heads
by Rabbi Jonathan Perlman
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 238 238 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47, Numbers 19:1-22 The Associated Press ran a story some time ago of Andre-Francois Raffray. More than 30 years ago at the age of 47, he worked out a real estate ...
It’s all in the relationship
by Keren Gorban
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 240 240 recommendations | email to a friend
Relationships take work. Anyone who has ever been in any kind of relationship with another person — whether a friend, family member, co-worker, spouse or significant other, or even an acquaintance ...
The small, silent aleph
by Rabbi Aaron Bisno
Mar 16, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 247 247 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26, Deuteronomy 25:17-19 The third of the Torah’s five books is known to most of us by its Latin name Leviticus. This is because the book’s  greatest concerns are t...
‘Were you honest?’
by Rabbi James A. Gibson
Mar 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 243 243 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Pekudei, Exodus 38:21-40:38 In the Babylonian Talmud, tractate Shabbat 31a, we learn that after we die and ascend to the Divine realm, we are asked questions to determine our fitness to ent...
The best investment: charity
by Rabbi David Novitzky
Mar 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 244 244 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Va-Yakhel, Exodus 35:1-38:20 Shabbat Shekalim I am not at all astute concerning anything to do with financial investing, but I do believe that we are living in very turbulent economic times...
Everybody counts
by Rabbi Alex Greenbaum
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 248 248 recommendations | email to a friend
Parshat Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35 This we week read Parshat Ki Tisa. Sure, I could focus on something interesting, like the Golden Calf or the Second Set of Tablets or even the 13 Attributes Of G...
Power of the pomegranate
by Rabbi Barbara AB Symons
Feb 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 248 248 recommendations | email to a friend
It is hard to open a pomegranate. There are YouTube videos explaining how to do it, which can come in handy given the pre-eminence given to this luscious, anti-oxidant, symbolic fruit. Not only is ...